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Thursday, July 27, 2017 This Week's Paper
Burlesque show pays off for nonprofits

The financial gamble of staging a burlesque fundraiser for the YWCA-Pierce County and Broadway Center for the Performing Arts has apparently paid off.

The local Gritty City Sirens andOlympia's Tush troupe did their tassle-twirling thing to a huge crowd and a warm reception during the Valentine's Day show at the Pantages. Organizers hope it will be become an annual event.

"Originally, we were going to debut at Theater on the Square, but sold out two weeks ago," YWCA Marketing Director Kelly McDonald. Even that move proved too small since the plans were to keep the audience on the lower level, but that changed as the sale of $40-a-seat tickets kept climbing. The event raised about $20,000 between the two nonprofits.

"Next year, we're hoping for a sellout," McDonald said.